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Psy­chol­o­gists rec­om­mend cre­at­ing a lit­tle or­der in your life when may­hem or con­fu­sion reigns else­where be­cause it in­duces a sense of con­trol. There’s some­thing in­cred­i­bly sat­is­fy­ing about or­gan­is­ing a small area such as a cup­board or closet – but don’t be too am­bi­tious: this is not the time to sort out the over­whelm­ing chaos of the junk room. Pro­fes­sional or­gan­is­ers rec­om­mend set­ting a timer so you only de­clut­ter for a pe­riod – and fo­cus on the task in hand.


Lose your­self in another world for a few hours. A study byThe Stress Man­age­ment So­ci­ety showed that watch­ing a warm or funny film low­ered par­tic­i­pants’ heart rates and blood pres­sure. A movie night snug­gled up on the sofa with a bowl of pop­corn or ice-cream is an ideal stress tonic – but choose your film well. Kids’ movies, rom­coms and

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